How to Spend Your Summer Vacation

How to Spend Your Summer Vacation

June is just around the corner--it marks the end of a long semester--and you and your top staff are looking forward to some well-deserved time off. Why not send them to Anaheim, Calif. for a few days, say June 19-21? Why? Well, there's Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland of course, and for baseball fans, the Anaheim Angels will be playing at home against the Houston Astros. But there's also an opportunity to network and learn strategies for success from your peers-and to see the latest in audio-visual technologies.

That's what you'll find at EduComm 2007, colocated with the InfoComm Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center. Now in its fourth year, EduComm focuses on the integration of audio visual and information technology to enhance the classroom experience. But this year's program includes sessions for everyone from curriculum designers and professional development facilitators to facilities planners and faculty. And we've expanded our coverage with sessions to help you understand the buzz behind "Web 2.0" and how these applications open up new possibilities in a variety of fields.

There are programs of interest to all education professionals. Here's a quick overview of what's on tap:

This year's EduComm has something for everyone.

Learning space design. Whether you are building new rich media classrooms or renovating existing spaces, you'll hear case studies from higher ed professionals who have already been through the process. Learn the key elements of classroom design and how to communicate them to your architect, as well as the essential audio visual (multimedia) system requirements to provide to your A/V contractor.

One of the most difficult processes can be retrofitting new technology into old classrooms with a very limited budget. If you don't have access to an architect, an A/V contractor, or a lot of funds and need to do it yourself, we've got you covered. Find out the tips and tricks several institutions learned while incorporating technology into traditional learning spaces with very little resources.

Teaching and learning technologies. From smart boards and lecture capture to podcasts and video on demand, learn how the latest presentation technologies are changing the face of education.

From a management perspective, the growth of these technologically advanced multimedia classrooms has also created the need for creative multimedia-related problem solving, data analysis, work restructuring-not to mention increased technical support. Learn how one institution successfully manages and provides support to more than 200 multimedia classrooms.

Web 2.0 applications. Learn how wikis and blogs are being used in the classroom, or check out how "virtual worlds," such as Second Life, are taking learning to a new level.

There's much more than can be listed in this space. And to top it off, there are keynote presentations by computer visionary Alan Kay and popular tech writer David Pogue.

All EduComm attendees also get free admittance to the InfoComm exhibit floor, the world's largest A/V communications and presentation technologies trade show.

So come, learn, enjoy. Register at http://educomm.educatorsportal.com (it's even cheaper if you bring a few colleagues). EduComm 2007 is worth your time and investment. Remember: What you don't know can hurt you.

Tim Goral

Write to Tim Goral at tgoral@universitybusiness.com.


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